Cynthea Liu

Publisher & President

Cynthea Liu is a former management consultant for Fortune 500 companies, turned children’s book author and publisher. Combining her unique experiences as a consultant and author, she finds great joy in helping others achieve realistic results in a very competitive and difficult industry.  She is published with major trade publishers such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Sterling, and Scholastic, and her works have been translated into multiple languages.  She has also written original titles and ghostwritten bestselling children’s books with Disney Publishing Worldwide. She is published in the following juvenile fiction categories:  board book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult.

Ms. Liu has a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Economics and an M.F.A from Antioch University Los Angeles in Creative Writing. She also holds a Copyediting Certificate from UCSD.

Caitlyn Ward

Marketing and Editorial Assistant

Caitlyn Ward is a recent graduate of DePaul University with a BA in English and a concentration in literary studies. She is an avid reader and has always been passionate about literature’s ability to change a person and their perspective. When she’s not busy working, reading, or exploring her hometown of Cleveland, OH, Caitlyn can be found planning her next trip or spending time with her close friends.

Three Things Caitlyn Loves

  1. Traveling to a new city or country
  2. That new book smell
  3. Studio Ghibli films

Three Words That Describe Her

  1. Adventurous
  2. Creative
  3. Thoughtful

Caitlyn’s Top Three Favorite Children’s or YA Books

  1. The Summer I Turned Pretty Series by Jenny Han
  2. Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child
  3. Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton

Alaina Simpson

Project Assistant

Alaina Simpson is a military spouse and mom of boy/girl twins. She grew up in Germany and has always loved reading since childhood. Books were her way of traveling to other worlds and they let her imagination soar. In her free time, Alaina can be found spending time with her family, painting, and watching movies.

Three Things Alaina Loves

  1. Laughing until her stomach hurts
  2. Exploring creativity through art
  3. Old school music, TV shows, and movies

Three Words That Describe Her

  1. Quiet
  2. Friendly
  3. Foodie

Alaina’s Top 3 Children’s or YA Books

  1. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  3. The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Rhonda Busby

Project Assistant

Rhonda Busby is married to a retired Fire Chief and a devoted boy-mom to an 11 year-old Ice Hockey Goalie. She grew up in north Georgia, but recently moved to the Georgia Coast because she loves warm temperatures and the beach. Rhonda was a quiet child and has always had a strong passion for reading. She can be found most weekends traveling for hockey, but likes to make it a mini-vacation at every spot to learn and grow.

Three Things Rhonda Loves

  1. Family
  2. Traveling
  3. Enjoying a fun day on the beach

Three Words That Describe Her

  1. Introspective
  2. Personable
  3. Total Boy-Mom

Rhonda’s Top 3 Children’s or YA Books

  1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  2. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  3. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo